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2/18/09 1:32 P

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Glad I could help

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2/17/09 12:42 P

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I got a call from my doctor who was going to do some research for me on getting more natural fiber into my system to help with the BM issue and her advise: flaxseed!!!
Because of you I already knew that- thanks Mark! emoticon

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2/16/09 1:00 P

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Jilli, Thank you for the advice about the whole grains and the evening primrose.

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2/16/09 1:22 A

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I'm a GF newbie,too! Thanks for all the great info guys!!!

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2/15/09 12:37 P

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Thank You for all the great information on this post.
My Naturopathic Doctor recommended me to use ground
flax seed and it certainly has helped. I try to keep away from milk products also. This team has been a wonderful source of information. Thank You!
GOD BLESS!
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2/15/09 12:27 P

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If you want to improve skin quality, try Evening Primrose Oil supplements. They are a must-have for women. They help regulate your cycle, reduce cramps & bloating and make your skin and hair shinny and soft!

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2/15/09 12:26 P

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You might want to look into something other than a citricel and Metamucil type item as many of those contain fillers (ie gluten and corn)

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2/15/09 12:24 P

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For me it took almost 90 days to notice a huge difference. I was pretty much symptomless at 4-6 months

Also, as you're going GF you might want to concentrate on getting as many whole grains in your diet as possible (quinoa, lentils, legumes of all stripes and brown rice for instance). This will help expedite the bowel movement issues!

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2/13/09 3:44 P

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I have been taking the flax seed supplement for about six months. Not only am I more regular, but it has also helped me to be more mentally alert. It is supposed to be really good for the heart and cholesterol control too. It has so many benefits it is really an amazing supplement.
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2/12/09 9:42 A

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I read an article that said that in a blind test, people who took flaxseed had better skin quality than those who took placebos, so I was already interested. But based on what you said, I did some research and flaxseed is used as a treatment for GI conditions because it has soluable and non-soluable fiber. I started taking the supplements last night!
Thanks Mark!!!
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2/11/09 3:40 P

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I try!

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2/10/09 4:49 P

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I was going to add flaxseed supplements anyway because I have read good things but if it will helping bulking too then that is great.

You are a fantastic resource!!

-Carolyn

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2/10/09 2:01 P

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If you do any baking try adding some flax meal or seeds to the mix. It well really add a lot of natural fiber. I always add 1-2 TBSP to a mix when cooking. It also has some ability in helping to bind the dough together. Buckwheat, qinoa (sp) and amaranth also will add fiber. I am supposed to be using Metamucil every day but can not stand it. Avoid Benifiber because it is no longer gluten free even though some labels say it is.

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2/10/09 10:07 A

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Thanks Mark! I have not cut out dairy but that is an idea. My doctor is going to do some research on trying to find a natural way for me to get more bulking fiber. I'm already taking 6 Citricel tablets a day and it has helped but not enough.

-Carolyn

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2/9/09 9:44 P

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Thanks for asking this question since I was wondering the same thing too being a GF newbie :)

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2/9/09 6:57 P

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It really helps to keep a journal of foods eaten and reactions/moods and any other symptoms you are noticing. I have to avoid dairy/casein and corn as well as gluten. It really makes a big difference in my mood as well as bloating and skin health.

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2/9/09 3:41 P

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Carolyn

To tell you the truth, it took about a year before I really saw a difference. But that was because I did not really understand what all had wheat in it. I never thought soy sauce would be wheat derived and I continued to eat at Chinese Restaurants. I did know that as soon as I stopped eating gluten completely it only took a couple of weeks to stop the diarrhea, bloating and cramping. During the time that I was not fully understanding what the wheat was doing to me I would go for weeks feeling fine and then have symptoms for several days and then go back to feeling fine. All because I was getting wheat in my system. So once I went completely gluten free it did not take long for me to feel good again.

When I was diagnosed I was also told to avoid rich and spicy foods as well as dairy-lactose. Because the villi is damaged these foods can be harder to digest and cause problems very similar to the reactions from gluten. I was told to stay off of them for six months and then gradually add them back to my diet. Some people with Gluten Intolerance/Celiac Disease also have reactions to casein from dairy products so this is something else to look out for.

It can take anywhere from three months to a year (I have been told some people take even longer) for the villi in the intestines to heal. Once they heal you well notice a that you well feel much better. But it does take some time.

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2/9/09 2:22 P

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My DR. diagnosed me with intolerence on 1/6 and I have been GF since.

I have seen a reduction of symptoms (I don't feel like I'm making popcorn in my GI tract anymore) but the bowel movement situation hasn't improved.

I know 6 weeks is the standard but will there be a point when I'll feel normal i.e. symptomless again? emoticon
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